Maritime

New Waterville Coast Guard station opened by An Taoiseach

Monday 27 March 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD officially opened a new Coast Guard station building at Waterville Co. Kerry. The Building, which was originally taken over by the State from the British Coastguard in 1923, had fallen into disrepair and has now been fully refurbished by the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €377,000.

Speaking at the event to officially open the refurbished station the Taoiseach said;

Statement by Minister Shane Ross on Coast Guard incident

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. expressed deep concern at the news this morning that there has been an incident involving a Search and Rescue Helicopter off the west coast of Ireland.

Minister Ross said; “As the search for the Dublin based helicopter R116 is currently underway I would like to express my sincere support and sympathies for all those involved, particularly those family members who are awaiting news of their loved ones.

Russian Crewman airlifted to Hospital by Coast Guard Helicopter – 180 miles North West of Mayo Coast

Wednesday 8 March 2017

The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118 completed an early morning medical evacuation (medevac) of a crewman requiring urgent medical attention from a Russian fishing vessel some 180 miles North West of Erris Head Co. Mayo.

The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. Owing to the distance involved communication support, known as Top Cover, was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter, the Dublin based R116. Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene.

Yachtsman airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter in operation conducted with LE James Joyce

Thursday 9 February 2017

A lone yachtsman was airlifted off the south coast this evening by the Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, R117. The alarm was raised when the Coast Guard detected the transmission of a PLB (personal locator beacon) and immediately tasked a helicopter to carry out a search. In difficult weather conditions a RIB  crew from the LE James succeeded in getting the yachtsman off his vessel before facilitating his transfer to the Coast Guard helicopter. The casualty was subsequently airlifted to Cork.

Five Fishermen rescued off Balbriggan Coast

Monday 30 January 2017

Five crew members have been rescued from a fishing vessel that got into difficulties off Balbriggan shortly after 5.15 this morning. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, RNLI units from Skerries, Howth and Clogherhead and Skerries Coast Guard unit all participated in an operation coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin.

Despite efforts to avert onboard flooding, using pumps supplied by the Coast Guard and RNLI the vessel sunk shortly after 8 am.

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